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India Women end Australia tour with five-wicket win

Harmanpreet Kaur played her part as India beat Australia
Harmanpreet Kaur played her part as India beat Australia
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India Women 234-5 (Raj 89) beat
Australia Women 231-7 by five wickets
Third One-Day International, Hobart

India Women completed their tour of Australia by winning the third and final One-Day International by five wickets and picking up two important ICC Women's Championship points.

While Australia remain four points clear at the top of the table and on course for automatic qualification for next year's Women's World Cup, this win lifts India two points clear of Sri Lanka at the bottom of the table and to within a point of Pakistan.

The game saw Australia post 231 for seven after Ellyse Perry made 50 in 92 balls and Alex Blackwell 60 in 64. They put on 99 together but India, through Shikha Pandey's three for 50 and Rajeshwari Gaekwad's two for 41, kept them to a manageable total.

Depite late flourishes from Jess Jonassen (32 not out), Alyssa Healy (21 in 15 balls) and Rene Farrel (29 in 23), the home side could not quite get enough runs on the board.

Nevertheless, India were always going to need somebody to step up and play a key innings and captain Mithali Raj obliged by hitting 89 in 113 balls.

Opener Smriti Mandhana followed up her century in the second match with 55 and contributions from Harmanpreet Kaur (22) and Pandey (17) kept India on course.

Perry took a brace of wickets but was unable to prevent India getting home in 47 overs with Poonam Raut not out on 24 and Jhulan Goswami unbeaten on four.

Australia won the series 2-1, while India won the earlier T20I series by the same margin.

Both sides are back in action later this month as India host Sri Lanka from 15th February while Australia travel to New Zealand from 20th February.

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